LIVE! Jackie Greene – El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, CA (2/12/2011)

February 22, 2011

An obvious fan of The Grateful Dead, blue-eyed soul, and the Blues, Greene chugged through two sets with smooth vocal delivery and confident guitar work. And while the comparisons to Bob Dylan are misplaced (he bears a physical resemblance, but has better chops and a more palatable, if less distinctive voice), it’s clear that his reverence for 60s  rock classics informs his music immensely.

Covers of The Beatles’ “Taxman,” and a medley of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “Another Brick In The Wall,” and “Shakedown Street” found Greene hitting his stride. He traded his guitar for keyboards at one point, and demonstrated he can make his mark there as well. His original material is also strong, and his backing band is up to the task of supporting a guy who seems poised to keep making great music for years to come.

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